Black Panther 2 Resumes Filming With Letitia Wright After Injury, Production Pause
Months after her on-set accident, star Letitia Wright resumed filming on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
As reported by BBC News, Wright, who portrays Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, returned to the set of the Black Panther sequel nearly five months after she sustained minor injuries during a stunt. Following the incident, production was suspended in November 2021 but has resumed now that Wright has recovered. "Filming resumed this month as planned and we're on schedule," a representative for Wright told BBC News.
This news comes after reports that filming would continue with Wright in January 2022, despite rumors that the actor would be departing 2018's Black Panther sequel and the MCU overall. A month prior, co-star Angela Bassett provided an update on Wright's recovery, confirming the star was ready to return to the film. "She had a little bit of a fall, but it's not too bad," Bassett said. "You know, anything like that will shake you up, but she's just a little, slight, little petite thing. But she is fine and ready to go."
Wright's injury on the set of the Marvel Studios film was first reported in August 2021, which reportedly took place in Boston, MA where the production was shooting scenes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The injuries, which involved a stunt rig, were first stated to be minor, though they led Wright to be hospitalized. It was later revealed that Wright's injuries were worse than originally reported, with the Black Panther star sustaining a fractured shoulder and a concussion during the stunt.
While the studio initially stated this would not affect Wakanda Forever's production schedule, filming was suspended in November of that year. "Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of Black Panther 2 and is looking forward to returning to work early 2022," a representative for the actor said in a statement that was released when the production pause was announced.
"What we had initially thought were minor injuries turned out to be much more serious with Letitia suffering a critical shoulder fracture, and a concussion with severe side effects. It has been a painful process and Letitia has been home recovering with her doctors and the support of family," Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito and Nate Moore said in a memo sent to the production crew at the time of the pause. "We've adjusted our production schedule so she has the time she needs to heal, but there's only so much we can do without Shuri! We also want to thank Letitia for everything she’s doing to get back to the set – we know how much she loves this role, how tough it’s been for her to be away, and how hard she’s working to recover as quickly as she safely can. We are eagerly awaiting her return and we know we will all come back stronger together."
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters Nov. 11, 2022